HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 21 April 2017 – The 4th International Conference on Climate Change
([email protected]), which is organised by the Hong Kong Climate Change Forum and
begins Friday (21 April 2017), aims at accelerating momentum on combating
climate change, as well as drawing actionable insights from international
experiences particularly relevant to Hong Kong.


“The mission of the Hong Kong Climate Change Forum
is to help the community in acquiring knowledge, best practices and new ideas
to develop strategies and measures to meet the various challenges of climate
change,” said Johnny Chan, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the
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The theme of this year’s conference is “Post-Paris
Agreement: Time to Act.” The Paris Agreement, which came into force in November
2016, appeals to nations to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and contain
the impact of global warming. More than 140 signatory states and parties,
including China and many Asia-Pacific countries, have ratified this ambitious
multilateral treaty. These signatories are committed to “keeping the global temperature rise this century well below 2
degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it
to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”


Hong Kong plays a vital part to help fulfil the
obligations that China has under the Paris Agreement. As such, the Hong Kong
government unveiled the Climate Action Plan 2030+ in January. The plan sets an
ambitious target of carbon intensity reduction of up to 70 percent by 2030,
through reducing the dependency on coal and increasing the use of renewable
energy sources in electricity generation, as well as improving energy
efficiency of buildings and infrastructure.

The [email protected] is kicked off
with a keynote speech delivered by Ms Christine Loh, Acting Secretary for the Environment
of the Hong Kong SAR Government, on Friday. The two-day conference features nearly 20 presentations and four panel discussions, led by a diverse
range of academics, government officials and experts from the private sector.
Experts and practitioners from across Asia and Europe share their success
stories and challenges through seminars and case studies, as well as showcase
cutting-edge technology and innovative financing and risk-management tools.


For issues of a massive scale like climate
change, a concerted effort and enthusiasm from various stakeholders is crucial
to achieving lasting solutions. The organising committee is extending its
special thanks to co-organisers and sponsors, without which [email protected]
wouldn’t come to fruition.

About the International Conference on Climate Change

The International Conference on Climate
Change ([email protected]) is the fourth instalment of this conference series, and is
hosted by the Hong Kong Climate Change Forum (HKCCF). The HKCCF and its ICCC
series strive to educate the professional community of Hong Kong to prepare the
public and private sector to join in sharing responsibilities in the new
low-carbon economy. Through education, mitigation and adaptation, HKCCF aims to
guide Hong Kong professionals and organisations toward facing the serious
environmental and societal challenges of global climate change. The ICCC is
co-organised by the Asian Academy of International Law, Civic Exchange, Friends
of the Earth, Green Council, Guy Carpenter
Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre, Hong Kong Green Building Council, Hong Kong
Green Strategy Alliance, Open University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic
University. For more details, please visit ICCC website: www.iccc.hk.


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